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PJC students seek community input to survey, attend conference

Published or Revised October 20, 2015

PTK members in Austin

PJC’s Beta Zeta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the two-year college honor society, attended the Texas PTK Leadership conference in College Station Oct. 9-11. Shown in front, holding “Phi-Rho” (PJC mascot Pyro’s nerdy brother) is Lesli Johnson, middle row from left are Elena Crawford PTK Advisor and English instructor Diann Mason, and Jimmie Avenger; back row from left is Erick Gaytan, Joel Mutchler, Kayla Naron, Rebecca Graham, and Krystal Freeman.

Paris Junior College’s Beta Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the two-year college honor society, is seeking community input with an online survey for their Honors in Action project.

Honors in Action is a community research project that helps PTK members build professional and personal skills. 

“The topic our chapter chose for this project is Celestial Frontiers,” said PTK President Joel Mutchler. “We have an online survey to help our chapter gather data from the community about colonizing Mars. We would appreciate your support.”

To help the chapter out with your responses, go to, and fill out the survey by Nov. 14, 2015.

Members of PTK also attended the Texas PTK Leadership Conference at Texas A&M University - College Station, Oct. 9-11. The topic was “Barriers to Leadership.”

“We listened to speakers talk about leadership on issues such as perspective and how to make better decisions,” said PTK member Lesli Johnson. “We also took a trip to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Most importantly, we learned how to lead by example and inspire others.”

A secondary theme of the conference was “The Hunger Games,” and students participated in leadership games and then enjoyed a themed dance with costumes. Students attended workshops and regional meetings, and heard from people speakers such as PTK International Vice President Elizabeth Taylor and Dr. Lee Ann Nutt, president of Lone Star College - Tomball.

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